Atif Choudhury

Senior Program Associate, The Carter Center, The China Program

"The Center for Comparative Legal Studies and Postconflict Peacebuilding opened so many doors for me, and greatly enhanced my real-world research experience as well as my professional and personal growth. It is usually quite challenging for young professionals to break into the rule of law development field. Through the Center, I was able to hone my research and technical writing skills by participating in guided research projects with actual NGOs around the world. I was also able to secure a variety of fellowships in Cambodia, East Timor, and Arlington, Virginia. I would not hesitate to say that CCLS was the single most transformative aspect of my journey as an aspiring citizen lawyer and global citizen legal professional at William and Mary."

Atif Choudhury is a Senior Program Associate with The Carter Center's China Program. His work with the China Program involves providing research, technical, operational, and programmatic support with a particular focus on African-based projects involving US-China cooperation and synergy.

During his 1L year at William and Mary, he served as a CCLS summer fellow for East West Management Institute's Program on Rights and Justice as well as Open Development Cambodia in Phnom Penh. As a 2L and 3L, he served as a student legal researcher for directed research partnerships between CCLS and the Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in Cape Town as well as the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance at the Hague. Atif's work with CSVR involved researching transactional justice mechanisms in Ethiopia, Sudan, and South Sudan, while his project with International IDEA involved researching anti-corruption laws and civil society-based initiatives for enhancing transparency in Kenya and Indonesia.

During his 3L year, Atif was the founding President of the Comparative Legal Studies Scholars (CLSS), the student division of CCLS. After completing his JD, Atif served as the 2016-17 Drapers Scholar at Queen Mary University of London where he earned his LLM in Public International Law.